Benchmark Real Estate

It's About People - Not Properties...

Brokers can say anything to make themselves and their companies sound great, making it hard for buyers and sellers to make an informed decision. We prefer to have our clients do the talking for us.

A few clients you can reach out to about their experience:

"Tom Landry has always been there for me when I need advice on anything from land, construction, investment properties, buying and selling. His motto of 'Local Savvy Responsive' sums it up well. Maybe 'Trustworthy' could be added to the summation. Tom is almost too responsive. If I drop an Email on the evening or weekend looking for advice or information, he gets back to me on the same day. My latest condo sale was no exception. He sold it at a price that made me a profit. The retired New Yorkers who purchased it commented that it was the easiest transaction they ever had. I've lived in Portland for about 30 years and still learn from Tom."
Dr. Pamela Anzelc, DDS
"Tom Landry and his staff at Benchmark Realty did a fist class job marketing my 6 unit Marquis Lofts project. Tom's and Benchmark's collective expertise, energy and creativity (not a quality that is associated with the real estate industry very often) put them at the top of their game. I look forward to working with them again and certainly would recommend them to both buyers and sellers. Job well done! Thank you."
Peter Bass
"As first time home buyers, Glenna was instrumental in the purchase of our house. We expected buying a house to be difficult, especially since we were buying in Maine while living in New York, but Glenna helped to make it a smooth process. She set up appointments to view potential houses a weekend we came into town and walked us through the good and bad of every house. Given her extensive background in real estate her opinions were invaluable. She is also honest and direct which we value tremendously. Once we settled on a house, Glenna acted on our behalf and attended meetings with electricians, inspectors and contractors since we could not attend all of them. She really went above and beyond and we are grateful for her commitment. We are so happy in our new home. We could not have done it without her and whole heartedly recommend Glenna when buying a house!"
Carolina Fitzgerald
"From the very first visit, my wife and I knew Glenna was focused solely on the buyer. Throughout the many months we were working together, she always had our best interests, needs and concerns in their proper place.

Glenna went out of her way to help negotiate the very best deal for us and we could not be more satisfied. She is a real pro!!"
Todd Grove
"For 24 years we lovingly renovated our brick Victorian townhouse and gardens in the West End, so deciding to sell our home was not an easy decision. We wanted a broker who would understand the value we created, and who would find the next stewards for this beautiful property. After interviewing four brokers, we selected Tom Landry and, frankly, we couldn't have made a better choice!

We originally told Tom we wanted to sell the house in a year's time, but he didn't blink an eye when we changed our minds and decided to accelerate the timeline, putting it on the market in six weeks' time instead. Tom had all the resources we needed to accomplish this feat.  He brought in an architectural historian and photographer to create a beautiful, informative brochure on our house. And, he provided us with a top-notch renovation expert to make the few repairs we needed before he listed our house.

Most importantly, the whole Benchmark Team gave us continuous support and assistance all the way, turning an otherwise difficult and exhausting process into a gratifying experience. After only seven days on the market, we received our asking price and closed six weeks later! You can't ask for more. We highly recommend Benchmark to anyone selling a home they love."
Susan Koen and Barbara Beckelman
"Because we were moving out of state, we had a tight timeline for the sale of our home. The Benchmark Real Estate team got to work quickly and efficiently to help us prepare our home, list it, and find a buyer at our price point. The process could not have gone more smoothly, and the quality of work and attention to detail displayed by the Benchmark team was beyond our expectations."
Lynne Davis & Ryan McKeown
"As a first-time home buyer, it was great working with Tom and his team at Benchmark. My family moved from out of state and wanted to get into a home quickly. His team organized half a dozen showings for the day after we arrived in town, and we were able to find a home and put in an offer that day. Tom's knowledge of home construction, from years of experience in the home restoration business, allowed us to make an informed and confident purchase decision. Finally, his relationship with the Seller's agent was integral in securing a deal over multiple competitive offers, and his team made the closing process very easy. I would strongly recommend Tom for his technical savvy and extensive network of industry connections."
Joe Budkiewicz & Bethany Vance
"Tom and Benchmark made the best first impression. He was thorough with his initial walk through with us and spoke easily about the marketplace and his experience. The advertising/marketing materials Benchmark created, including the brochure, pictures and web posting were terrific and reminded us of how beautiful our home is. The Benchmark Team was always prompt and courteous too. We were able to sell our house in the winter during the holiday season!"
Anne & Aron Paquette - Portland
"We didn't use Tom Landry as our buyer broker when we purchased our property but as we followed his career we knew, if we were ever to sell, we would definitely list with him. His marketing materials are at another level. No one that we interviewed even came close. His knowledge and speciality in listing older homes was also a unique strength. Our historic home in the West End had a unique story and we wanted somebody who 'got it'. We're certain that Tom's local expertise and world-class marketing led to our top of the market sale. There are MANY brokers to choose from but there's only one Tom Landry and Landry Team."
Ali Kopelman - Portland
"This summer, Tom and I began our journey to purchase a new home. One day we drove past a home for sale that we had not seen before in our searches and decided we wanted to see it. Friends of ours had just purchased a home and recommended Glenna Irvine at Benchmark when we were ready to buy. I contacted Glenna that day and told her about the house we wanted to see. She was able to get us in right away. After searching on our own for so long, we had just found what we were looking for. Glenna quickly orchestrated the next steps while providing guidance through each step and soon we were under contract. Later, when it came time for closing, we were presented with a significant roadblock that nearly prevented the closing of not only the home were selling, but also the one we were purchasing, and the one our sellers were purchasing. Glenna went way above and beyond to reach a solution to the problem so all closings could happen on their scheduled day. Her commitment to delivering excellent customer service was unyielding and commendable. Her confidence was reassuring and her compassion made us feel truly valued and respected throughout the entire process. Words simply cannot express the gratitude for all that she did."
Deb & Tom Fox
"It was a pleasure working with Tom. From providing staging advice, to advising on price, to giving us an idea of timing, Tom's expert advice and guidance helped us reach our goals and made our home selling experience easy. His team was friendly and efficient and always available for questions or guidance. And his Benchmark marketing staff helped us create stunning photographs and beautiful marketing materials that helped to sell our home in less than 6 weeks!"
The Darling Family - Cape Elizabeth
"Tom was extremely professional and handled this sale with great composure. I am an out of state owner and trying to sell a home from 2000 mi away was stressful enough, let alone other personal issues surrounding the property, but Tom made the process as fluid and painless as possible. He clearly has a great network in the area as the building received a serious offer within a week on the market and we closed about 45 days later. I would recommend him to any family and friends looking to perform a real estate transaction in the Greater Portland area and I'm not one to give sincere referrals lightly. At the very least, call and speak with him and see how you feel, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don't."
Cullen Saint Cross - Portland
"My house sale began with a house purchase in The Belgrade Lakes Region. I trusted Tom so much that I asked him to become involved and serve as an advisor to my buyer agent in that area, although Tom got no commission out of my purchase in Belgrade. When it came time for the corresponding sale here in Portland, I knew Tom's local expertise and neighborhood involvement would lead to an easy sale. My home on Backcove is under contract and in just weeks sold for top price. Tom really knew the market and really knew the comps inside and out. This along with his involvement in local charities and local neighborhood organizations really makes him a local expert. I trust Tom implicitly and recommend him to anyone I can."
Eric Hooglund - Portland
"Tom is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated broker, who I highly recommend. He has an understanding and assuring personality that is so helpful through the stressful rollercoaster nature of selling property. With the expertise of Tom and his team at Benchmark, my home received an offer at full price in less than a week and we closed soon after."
John Plante - Portland
"We are so thrilled with the Benchmark team! After guiding us through prepping and staging our home it only lasted on the market for 3 days!

The Team quarterbacked the prepping process every step of the way, saving us time and energy. Once under contract we shifted into buying mode and within three weeks we found our dream home!

The buying process was smooth and the team went above and beyond to make appointments and schedules work on short notice so that the closing process happened without pause.

We needed to move before the school year began, the entire process took 2.5 months, ending only one week after school began. Our lives have transformed so quickly, it feels like we have worked with the Benchmark team for years! Thank you to all for listening, coaching us, and supporting us through the ups and down of a very stressful and important time in a families' life. We recommend Benchmark for anyone in any situation. They have the network and action oriented skills to get it done!"
The Sendze Family - Portland
"Tom has an easy and personable way about him while very keen about the real estate business. He is able to both keep his clients needs in mind and also able to maintain realistic communication throughout the process. If you listen to Tom and his team, utilize their experience, you will sell your home. Like he says, List with Landry!"
Mike & Michelle Janosik
"As a friend and neighbor I had always known I would use Tom Landry as my broker, but it wasn't until the process began that I realized what a goldmine Tom and his team are. I had an incredible experience selling my home through Benchmark Real Estate.Tom guided me seamlessly through readying a 100 year old home for sale, and the legwork on his end was amazing. Tom is a "community" broker. He is passionate about history and honoring a home's character, while at the same time employing fabulous negotiating skills and above all remaining realistic and professional throughout the process. He recognizes how emotional selling a home can be, and he strives to make homeowners be the best sellers they can be! In other words, by the time my house went on the market, it looked gorgeous, was in great shape, and I had full confidence in the sale. He is warm, funny and easy to work with, and his entire team was available 24/7. I highly recommend Tom Landry and Benchmark Real Estate!"
Sarah Maloney - Portland
"We initially attempted to sell our home ourselves as For Sale By Owner but were not receiving any offers. We consulted with Tom and were immediately impressed with his unmatched marketing materials. Tom's knowledge of the market allowed us to maximize the pricing of our home. However, Tom's greatest asset proved to be during the negotiations as his cool demeanor and experience paid off to allow us to sell well over our asking price at FSBO. Working with Tom was our best opportunity to sell our home at its full potential."
Scott & Jen Derrig - Portland
"We couldn't have been more pleased about our recent sale with Benchmark. Tom and his team helped us with the monumental task of preparing our 125-year old West End house for mean feat given its size, age, and the countless years our family has lived in it! Tom and his team were professional, helpful and on the spot when needed.  We recommend Tom and his team without hesitation"
Debby and Peter Murray
"Tom expertly guided us through the complex and sometimes emotional process of successfully selling our home. He used multiple marketing tools to immediately focus attention on our property and create a lot of "buzz" around it. We also appreciated his wise advice -- based on his extensive experience and the other professionals he engaged on our behalf -- about what to focus on in preparing to present our home to the marketplace. Selling your home can be stressful, but, with Tom, it was about as quick and calm an experience as you could hope for."
John Newton and Sharon Rosen
"Thank you all for selling my condo and concept! It was a joy working with you and your positive vibes."
Pam Barnes
"When we first met Tom we knew he was going to be our broker. Tom is friendly, laid back, engaging, knowledgeable, experienced, and does not waste time getting down to business. Tom laid out a strategy and put his team at Benchmark, including Glenna, to work. Thanks Glenna!! Tom's helpful suggestions and contacts aided us in preparing the house for market. Benchmark is a one stop shop; all we had to do was ask, and believe me, we had plenty of questions. From professional photographers to home improvement specialists, Benchmark had it covered. They helped to make our first experience selling a house a total breeze. Thank you, Benchmark."
Bill & Lori
"I can't say enough good things about Glenna Irvine! As a first time buyer, she helped guide me through the process and answered every possible question I could think of. I just closed on an awesome house and would highly recommend Glenna to anyone!"
Kelly MacVane
"It was an absolute pleasure working with Benchmark this year. They made our dream come true to start spending winters in Hawaii with family. Tom had our large home under contract within 48 hours of being on the market and then Glenna helped us find our 'perfect' smaller home in Back Cove at a great price."
Michael and Beth Gaige
"After making the difficult decision to sell our house on the East End, we knew there was only one agency to turn to: Benchmark. Tom and Glenna gave us sound, reasonable, realistic advice on how (and even whether) to sell our home, and helped us through every step in the process. We held an open house on a Sunday, and by Monday we had three offers in hand--two above the asking price. The entire process--from listing to staging to closing--was seamless, guided by their expert advice and experience. Glenna helped us find our new home in Deering, and we couldn't be happier with how it all worked out. Thanks Benchmark!"
The Johnson family
Reeve, Nick, Sadie and Clover
"We had a great experience working with Tom. We had to schedule two closings on the same day (one for the condo we sold and one for the condo we bought) and they were very well-coordinated. Tom is so professional but we also felt like he was a friend. He was so prompt and returned our calls and emails right away. Tom is amazing and so easy to get along with. He took the pain out of everything."
Donny & Gino
"What was most important to us when it came to selling our home was having someone who was willing to listen and incorporate our ideas into the process.  We appreciated how Tom saw our home through our eyes (even though he hit his head on every doorway).  We truly believe that his excitement and the energy he had about our house is what helped to sell it. 

Even though Lynn and I think a lot alike, when it came to buying our next home, we didn't always have the same vision.  Still, Glenna let us work out the journey together, and even though it occasionally took us all a little off track, we eventually found the perfect place. 

As a couple we love to hike, but buying and selling a home shouldn't be like climbing a mountain - thank you Benchmark for making it feel so easy!"
Lynn Provencher and Dee Tutino
"We are not easy customers. We are indecisive, emotional, full of regret, fickle, etc. Maybe that describes any homebuyer or home seller, but when we decided to sell our beloved home in Portland earlier this year to seek out more space and more quiet, we were a mess. Tom and Glenna guided us through the process with patience and professionalism and solid advice. The home that Tom helped us sell sold within a matter of days; we are now happily settled in the home Glenna helped us find in Cape Elizabeth. Despite our constantly changing idea of what we were looking for in a home, Glenna never lost her sense of humor. Additionally, every professional to whom Tom or Glenna referred us for one service or another turned out to be skilled and reliable. Selling, buying and moving were not an easy ride, but Tom and Glenna took most of the bumps out of it."
Sandy & Mary Marsters
"Benchmark did a great job marketing our home in Portland. Tom and his team are very professional and pay attention to every detail from the marketing to the closing. We can recommend Benchmark without reservation."
Dave & Veda Cooper
"Tom met our high expectations and delivered by selling our house quickly and above asking price. Thank you Benchmark!"
Aaron & Mary McMorrow
"We are writing to express our thanks to Glenna Irvine and the Benchmark team for helping with the purchase of our first house. Glenna approached each prospective house with the eyes of both a homeowner and investor, and served as an invaluable sounding board as we puzzled through our many options. She was accessible for our questions and concerns to such a degree that we were often convinced we were her only client. The service and assistance we received was far beyond our expectations, and we are grateful to everyone at Benchmark as we sit happily in our new home."
Jen Roberts and Heeth Grantham
"We turned to The Landry Team at Benchmark Real Estate to sell the historic home we restored in the Arts District. Tom and Glenna really helped us ready the home for sale and provided invaluable staging advice before we listed. Their marketing package was truly world class and included a stunning website just for our home, breathtaking photos, effective postcards that were mailed to neighbors, buyer and brokers and custom sheets. As a direct result of this attention - our first open house drew a big crowd of serious buyers. Soon after; we had a great offer. We value this team's work so much that we retained them to help us buy our new home. We give them the highest of recommendations."
James Harnar & Kathleen McKeen
"When we decided to sell our two-family we invited a several agents to see the property. Tom stood out! He arrived prepared with comparable sales and listings in our neighborhood. He was able to see the value in our house and his marketing plan was thorough and well-designed. His energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness made us feel as if we were his only listing. The outcome? Our house was on the market for only 12 days and the selling price was on target with our expectations. We couldn't ask for a better experience!"
The Peterson Family - Portland
"Tom and Glenna put together a very specific list of items we needed to address in order to sell our home. They also put us in touch with the professionals that would do the work for us. The day after the open house, we received a great offer. All through the process they were amazingly responsive and made our life easier during this huge transition."
Katharine O'Neill, Paul Guerin, and son, William
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Tom and Glenna. They know their stuff! They take care of all the details, but keep you informed. They make themselves available on evenings and weekends. I would recommend this team without any reservations."
Carrie Gordon - Portland
"It was a pleasure working with you and Benchmark.We truly appreciate the thorough nature of your services and attention to detail. The professional photos of our home on your website and your market research, which lead to your recommendation of our asking price was invaluable. We would not hesitate to recommend Benchmark to a friend or colleague."
Michael Chestnutt and Jennifer Christian
"Honest. Realistic. Supportive. Tom listened, spent time educating me on the comparable homes and options, and was realistic about what I could expect. His team worked diligently to articulate the key selling points of my home and explain related comps to brokers and buyers. I would recommend Tom and his team without hesitation."
Christina - Portland
"For 7 months we attempted to sell our condo with little activity and no offers. We figured it was a bad market and, even though we didn't want to, resigned ourselves to rent it out. Then we met Tom and his team. They listened to our needs and concerns, devised an effective marketing plan, listed the property, and within three weeks it was sold! Why waste time and money? If you want to sell in this slow market, you really owe it to yourself to call Tom."
Dave and Ron
"Listing with Tom Landry was one of the best decisions we've ever made! In this difficult market, selling our home was surprisingly easy. Thanks to the team's great marketing skills, our home was under contract in just ten days! Thanks Tom and Glenna!"
The Hall Family - Portland
"We listed our Portland house with The Landry Team and had an offer in hand two days after the sign went up in the front yard -- and a back-up offer in hand for more than our asking price five days after that. While news reports were telling horror stories about the worst real estate market in history, we felt like champions.

We know we got lucky, but we also know that most of the work of selling our house happened before it hit the market. Tom strategized with us about pricing, carefully reviewing comparable properties, and helped us arrive at an aggressive but realistic price that would drive buyers to move quickly. He and his Team helped us stage the house to make the best possible impression on buyers, and the photographs and text that went with the listing were responsible for the terrific interest we had as soon as the property listing went live.

What we learned from the experience is that there's not one "real estate market" but rather several distinct niche markets, each with their own rules and their own supply and demand. Tom knows Portland real estate and has great instincts about what buyers want in each niche. We were delighted with his advice and counsel. If you're buying or selling a home in Portland, it's good to have Tom on your side."
Jim & Sherry Mason
"It has been great working with The Landry Team in connection with the sale of our house. Lots of good advice, but what I have really appreciated is how responsive they have been".
Tom, Leigh & Lida Mundhenk - Portland
"Benchmark was great in guiding us through the selling process. With Tom's careful analysis in pricing our home, Glenna's staging advice, amazing photos and marketing; we had our home under contract in 2 weeks...WOW! The only person who complained was the contractor in our new home; we arrived a lot sooner than he expected. Thanks Tom!"
Eugenie & Bill de Rham - Portland
"Who knew selling a house could be effortless? Tom Landry made us feel like we were his most important clients and Glenna Irvine's staging expertise made our house look magazine worthy. The result - we had multiple offers and closed for full asking price. With so many brokers to choose from this is the only team we trust and recommend."
Tasker Family - Portland
"Since we were buying and selling at the same time, we really appreciated The Landry Team's insight into the local market. Their experience and integrity were evident throughout the entire process, but even more importantly, whenever we spoke or met, it was like we were their only client."
Tim, Rebecca and Eva - Portland
"Tom and his team know their market very well. With their recommendations we were able to maximize our investment returns within days of going on the market. Benchmark was invaluable from start to finish."
Bill & Nancy Calvert
"Tom and Glenna had a reputation of being extremely capable and successful despite the down market so our expectations, after choosing them over several other realtors, were high. They exceeded all these expectations and more as they were knowledgeable, efficient, responsive, personable, and got the job done. Tom sold our home almost immediately and when it was soon time to buy, we felt so confident with Benchmark that Glenna was chosen as our buying broker. She, too, found our house in no time and was able to broker a deal which we remain extremely pleased with. In short, in this tough market, the Landry Team was able to sell our house and purchase another in approximately three months. What more could one hope for? We'd use them again without question."
Kevin & Alisan
"Tom sold our family owned multi that our parents bought when I was in 2nd grade and my family lived in for 32 years.  It was both an emotional and financial transaction.  Tom brought credibility, patience, creativity, empathy, perseverance and a professional demeanor that enabled him to satisfy the competing priorities of five different people.  To top it off, he conducted the closing while I was on an overseas business trip.  I am confident there are very few real estate professionals who could have managed this event the way Tom did."
Leo Tinkham